\ ˈkrest How to pronounce crest (audio) \

Definition of crest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a showy tuft or process on the head of an animal and especially a bird — see bird illustration
b : the plume or identifying emblem worn on a knight's helmet also : the top of a helmet
c(1) : a heraldic representation of the crest
(2) : a heraldic device depicted above the escutcheon (see escutcheon sense 1) but not upon a helmet
d : a ridge or prominence on a part of an animal body
2 : something suggesting a crest especially in being an upper prominence, edge, or limit: such as
a : peak especially : the top line of a mountain or hill
b : the ridge of a roof
c : the top of a wave
3a : a high point of an action or process and especially of one that is rhythmic
b : climax, culmination at the crest of his fame


crested; cresting; crests

Definition of crest (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish with a crest also : crown
2 : to reach the crest of crested the hill and looked around

intransitive verb

: to rise to a crest waves cresting in the storm

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Other Words from crest


crestal \ ˈkre-​stᵊl How to pronounce crestal (audio) \ adjective
crestless \ ˈkrest-​ləs How to pronounce crestless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of crest in a Sentence


at that point the filmmaker was at the crest of his critical acclaim, which included winning an Oscar the hiking party reached the crest of the mountain just as it began to thunder


We crested the hill and looked out around us.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Upstream in Horry County, the floodwaters have invaded close to 1,000 homes near Conway as the Waccamaw River was slowly making its way to a crest a full 4 feet (1.2 meters) over its record level set just two years ago after Hurricane Matthew. Jeffrey Collins, Fox News, "After the hurricane comes the deluge on South Carolina coast," 25 Sep. 2018 Hogwarts-goers in the ‘20s also carried leather satchels stamped with the school crest that need to appear in my closet immediately. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Fantastic Beasts Costume Designer Says Hogwarts Robes Are Getting a MAJOR Upgrade in the New Movie," 23 Aug. 2018 From the East Bay: Take Highway 92 west over San Mateo Bridge, past I-280 to Crystal Springs and continue to the crest at Skyline and Highway 35. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sunday getaway to El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve," 20 May 2018 Festooned with collegiate pennants and wooden Oxbridge crests, Harry’s proved the perfect backdrop for Rowing Blazer’s irreverent Ivy League-meets-Brit-public-school collection, alongside an exclusive capsule of HNYB merchandise. Alexander Howard, Vogue, "Rowing Blazers Fetes Its New Collection at Storied Parisian Cocktail Spot Harry’s New York Bar," 18 Jan. 2019 Etalon Group The watery print stretches from facade to facade, like a wave rippling in crests. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Behold, Hokusai’s famous wave print stretching across six buildings," 18 Dec. 2018 These two acts of dance theater build and crest in unusual and unexpected ways. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "New Works to Celebrate an Established Company," 12 Dec. 2018 The box featured a wax seal, a design detail which likely features the couple's wedding crest or monogram (similar to Nick and Priyanka's N&P touches throughout their wedding décor). Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner & Joe Jonas' Wedding Date and Location Has Just Been Revealed," 3 Dec. 2018 Then there’s the medieval-looking Dungeon restaurant with family crests dangling above. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Summers: The Ultimate Guide to Not Wasting a Single Vacation With Your Kids," 20 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But as subway delays crested over the past couple of years and riders channeled their frustration through social media, more politicians began warming to the idea. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Unusual Alliance Leads Congestion-Pricing Movement," 21 Feb. 2019 Even before the river crested, photos from neighbors showed the Washingtons' house surrounded by water Monday, with the river still expected to rise several more feet. Fox News, "'Up in the air': If displaced by storm, where to call home?," 19 Sep. 2018 River levels across northern Illinois have crested, and are to continue to recede. Tom Skilling,, "Pleasant Monday belies impending storm threat," 25 June 2018 The weather service predicts the river will crest at 49.4 feet Monday. Cameron Knight,, "Flood warning issued for Great Miami River; Ohio River rising quickly," 30 Mar. 2018 Both should log heavy run, with Middleton a likely candidate to crest the 40-minute plateau. Doug Norrie,, "NBA DFS Picks for January 20," 20 Jan. 2018 Farther south, in North Cove, waves were close to cresting the roadway at the end of old State Route 105. Abby Spegman, The Seattle Times, "Washington’s coast battered by major waves, flooding," 20 Jan. 2018 Wages haven’t kept up with the pace of home prices, which is causing home prices to crest on the West Coast, but wages are rising. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Why shrinking U.S. homes may be a boost to homebuyers," 29 Nov. 2018 Even highly taxed states like New York show figures cresting a billion dollars after 30 years of payments. Alex Horton, The Seattle Times, "So many people are buying Mega Millions tickets that unique number combinations are shrinking," 23 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of crest


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for crest

Noun and Verb

Middle English creste, from Anglo-French, from Latin crista; probably akin to Latin crinis hair

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The first known use of crest was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for crest


\ ˈkrest How to pronounce crest (audio) \

Kids Definition of crest

1 : a showy growth (as of flesh or feathers) on the head of an animal
2 : the highest part or point of something the crest of the wave the crest of a hill
3 : an emblem or design used to represent a family, group, or organization

Other Words from crest

crested \ ˈkres-​təd \ adjective


\ ˈkrest How to pronounce crest (audio) \

Medical Definition of crest

1 : a showy tuft or process on the head of an animal and especially a bird
2 : a process or prominence on a part of an animal body: as
a : the upper curve or ridge of the neck of a quadruped (as a horse) also : the mane borne on such a crest
b : a ridge especially on a bone the crest of the tibia — see frontal crest, occipital crest

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